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Automobile Head

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1957 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paolozzi, Eduardo (Sir), born 1924 - died 2005 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper, with pink wash added by hand

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 141

Paolozzi (born 1924) is a significant British artist, whose major contribution has been as a printmaker and sculptor. This image is an early experiment with screenprint, a medium that became central to his work. He and other artists working in the 1960s used it as a primary artist's medium, raising its status to equal that of painting and sculpture. Both his sculpture and printmaking in the early 1950s frequently reflected the idea of man as machine.

Physical description

Abstract head comprising of a range of machine parts. Print on paper with pink wash.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


1957 (printed)


Paolozzi, Eduardo (Sir), born 1924 - died 2005 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper, with pink wash added by hand

Marks and inscriptions

Eduardo Paolozzi
1) Signature; black ink, hand drawn; 1957

Eduardo Paolozzi
1) Signature; printed within the image; 1954


Height: 49.6 cm drawn and printed surface, Width: 31.5 cm drawn and printed surface, Height: 55.7 cm sheet, Width: 38.1 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Automobile Head', screenprint with pink wash by Eduardo Paolozzi, 1957.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1959
Kirkpatrick, Diane, Eduardo Paolozzi, 1970. p.29, illus.
Miles, Rosemary, The complete prints of Eduardo Paolozzi, V.A.M., 1977 pp15-16, illus.
Berlin, Kupferstich Kabinett Eduardo Paolozzi, 1975
Arts Council, Great Britain Eduaro Paolozzi, 1976
V.A.M The Complete Prints of Eduaro Paolozzi, 1977

Production Note

Paolozzi made an impression from a screen bearing this image in 1954 with the date as part of the print, but he subsequently reprinted it adding the pink wash in 1957, hence the two dates on this impression; a third version was produced in 1958 for which he soaked screen with turpentine, causing the image to blur.


Printing ink; Watercolour on paper; Printing ink


Screen print; Colour wash

Subjects depicted

Anthropomorphism; Machinery



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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